How Much Alcohol is Too Much Alcohol?

In the state of Alabama you are considered to be too intoxicated to drive safely, if you blood alcohol concentration is over .08. Blood Alcohol Concentration is referred to as your BAC level in documents in Alabama Courts. In Alabama the charge is Driving While Under the Influence (DUI)

What is blood alcohol level and how do they measure it? Blood alcohol content (BAC) or blood alcohol concentration is the concentration of alcohol in blood. It is usually measured as mass per volume. 0.01 grams of alcohol per 100 grams of individual’s blood, or 0.1 grams of alcohol per 1000 grams of blood. A good reference for figuring your Blood Alcohol Level is http://bloodalcoholcalculator.org/. This website gives you an idea of how different types of alcohol will raise your Blood Alcohol Level.

In Alabama the only device that can be used to measure your BAC and the results be used to prove a DUI in Court is currently the Draeger Alcotest 7110 MK-III. The test is usually done at the Police Station after waiting 20 minutes. The refusal of taking this test can result in your Driver’s Licenses being suspended for 90 days or more.

You can still be charged with driving while under the influence if you BAC is below .08, if the officer believes you are under the influence of alcohol, another substance or a combination of both that impairs your driving to the level of being unable to safely drive. Many times if a Law Enforcement Officer pulls you over for suspected drunk driving they will ask if you took any medicine or drugs that day. We all know that illegal drugs can impair our driving, but did you know that over the counter or prescription drugs can also be the basis for a Driving While Under the Influence charge? Below is some examples of drugs that can effect your ability to drive:

● Pain relievers with codeine or other opiates
● Muscle relaxants
● Sedatives and tranquilizers
● Anticonvulsants
● Drugs used to treat high blood pressure
● Some medications used to treat depression or anxiety
● Over-the-counter medications containing antihistamines such as Diphenhydramine, Brompheniramine, or Chlorpheniramine. These medication can be found in products to treat allergies and colds symptoms and motion sickness.
● Central nervous system stimulants

If you are under the age of 21 years old, in physical control of a vehicle, and have a BAC of .02 or more you can be charged with Driving Under the Influence. The reasoning behind that is if you are under 21 then you cannot legally drink alcohol.

If you are in physical control of a Commercial Motor Vehicle when pulled and your BAC is .04 or higher you can be charged with a DUI.

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